DIY Neck Pillows

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Use a soft fabric for your homemade neck pillow.

Neck pillows are C-shaped pillows that wrap around your neck. They're popular among travelers, who use them on airplanes, cars, buses and trains. Use a neck pillow for added comfort, and to avoid cramping in your neck and upper back. Make neck pillows at home with soft fabric, stuffing and some basic sewing supplies. They can be customized to suit your preferences in terms of firmness.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Washable marker
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyester filling
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
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    • 1

      Fold the fabric in half, with the backside of the fabric facing out. Smooth the fabric so it's wrinkle free.

    • 2

      Draw a large, rounded C shape onto the pillow. The outside edge of the C must be 15 inches wide and 13 inches in length. The inner edge of the C must be 9 inches wide and 7 inches in length.

    • 3

      Place straight pins around the perimeter of the C-shaped pillow pattern. Position the pins just inside the marker line. Insert a pin every inch or two.

    • 4

      Cut the fabric into a large, rounded C shape, using the marker line as a guide.

    • 5

      Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a sewing machine or hand sew it using a tight running stitch. The stitching should run around the perimeter of the fabric C. Remove the straight pins as you sew. Sew all but a 4-inch section of fabric. This will allow you to insert the stuffing.

    • 6

      Turn the fabric right side out, and insert the polyester stuffing. Insert more for a firmer pillow, and a little less for a softer pillow.

    • 7

      Sew the pillow closed. Fold in the unfinished edges of the fabric. Hand sew it closed with a running stitch or an overcast stitch.

Tips & Warnings

  • Opt for a soft fabric such as fleece.

  • If you don't have a sewing machine, hand sew the entire pillow. Use a running stitch, with eight to 10 stitches per inch.

  • If desired, customize the dimensions of this pillow to suit a large man or a small child.

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